BRITS will be able to charge their electric cars in just five minutes – but not until 2019.
The rapid chargers will be rolled out across Europe at 80 stations and will slash the time needed for a recharge.
Charging will take between five and eight minutes on cars fitted with the latest battery tech – compared with up to several hours for current plug-in points.
It removes two of the biggest obstacles facing electric car ownership: range anxiety and inconveniently long charging stops.
These new fast chargers can’t come soon enough after it was revealed that drivers face being stranded as there aren’t enough points in the UK.
The ultra-fast project is being run by Shell and Ionity, a joint venture between BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen.
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The 80 charging stations will be deployed in Belgium, Britain, France, the Netherlands, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.
The Ionity scheme will also add a European network of 400 charging stations by 2020.
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Shell’s head of retail Istvan Kapitany said: “Customers want to go on long journeys in their electric vehicles and feel confident that there are reliable, comfortable and convenient places to charge them quickly.”
Shell is also installing points at its petrol stations with capability for 30 minute rapid refills.
The UK government has committed to installing more chargers in the future, too, with £400million announced in the 2017 Budget – with one million expected by 2022 including on-street chargers.